Holder likely to be named captain of unchanged Windies squad for T20 series against England

By Sports Desk February 28, 2019
Windies T20 captain Jason Holder and skipper Carlos Brathwaite. Windies T20 captain Jason Holder and skipper Carlos Brathwaite.

Windies Test and One Day International (ODI) captain Jason Holder is set to be named leader of the T20 squad, currently captained by Carlos Brathwaite, for the upcoming series against England.

The move is, however, expected to be a temporary one that is geared towards helping the team prepare for the ICC World Cup later this year. 

According to a recent Espncricinfo report, it is hoped that the keeping Holder in charge of a largely unchanged ODI squad for the three T20 internationals, will help with team chemistry ahead of the July tournament. 

Ahead of the tournament, the Windies will play against Ireland and Bangladesh in a Tri-nation series.  However, most the team’s top players could miss out on that tournament due to a scheduling conflict with the IPL and could make the match-up against England the last major challenge the team has before the tournament.  The report claims the selectors and Holder are already onboard with the changes, but it is yet to be approved by the board.  Brathwaite is expected to resume regular duties after the tournament.

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